If you directly employ an Australian Apprentice (apprentice or trainee), your business may be eligible for Australian Government incentives and apprentices and trainees may be eligible for personal benefits.  MEGT Apprenticeship Network Providers administer and facilitate those payments.

Government Personal Benefits for Australian Apprenticeships

MEGT Apprenticeship Network Providers use the Government’s new SmartForm functionality to process Government incentives on behalf of employers.  From 1 July 2015, Training Contracts and Claim Forms will be electronic, using SmartForm functionality developed by the Department of Education and Training.  Training Contracts will be completed using a mobile device and stylus (to capture signatures) while access to Claim Forms will be via a secure URL contained within an email sent to the claim recipient.  To ensure all eligible incentives are paid without delay, Employers need to supply their email address to MEGT via megt.com.au/AASN

Government incentives for training staff and for employing apprentices or trainees

The Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program available  for apprentices or trainees is the Living Away from Home Allowance.

National Skills Needs List

The National Skills Needs List identifies trades that are in short supply as identified by Australian Government research.  This list is also used to determine eligibility for employer incentives and personal benefits available to apprentices and trainees under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program.

For more information and assistance call MEGT on 13 MEGT (13 6348) or email aasninfo@megt.com.au

*Eligibility criteria apply for all incentives listed below.

Australian Government Incentives (click to expand)

Standard employer incentives
Paid at (waiting periods apply)
Description Commencement Recommencement Completion
New workers as Australian Apprentices
Certificate II In a nominated equity group1
(full-time and part-time placements)
$1,250 nil nil
Certificate III/IV All eligible occupations2 (full-time only) $1,500 $750 $2,500
Australian Apprenticeships in a NSNL3 occupation or AS-bA4
(full-time and part-time placements)
$1,500 $750 $2,500
Part-time apprenticeships5 nil nil $1,500
Diploma/Advanced Diploma In Aged Care, Child Care,
Disability Care Workers
or Enrolled Nurses sectors
(full-time and part-time placements)
$1,500 $750 $2,500
Existing workers
Certificate III/IV In a NSNL3 occupation
(full-time and part-time placements)
$1,500 $750 $2,500
In Aged Care, Child Care,
Disability Care Workers or Enrolled Nurses sectors (full-time only)
nil nil $3,000
Part-time Australian Apprenticeships
in Aged Care, Child Care,
Disability Care Workers
or Enrolled Nurses sectors
nil nil $1,500
Diploma/Advanced Diploma In Aged Care, Child Care,
Disability Care Workers or
Enrolled Nurses sectors
(full-time and part-time placements)
nil nil $3,000
Special and additional incentives and personal benefits
Paid at (waiting periods apply)
Description Commencement Recommencement Completion
GTO Completion
Certificate II
Paid to Group Training
Organisations for nominated
equity groups only1
nil nil $1,000
Declared Drought Areas
Certificate II
Paid to employers6 in Declared Drought Areas for nominated equity groups only1 $1,500 nil $1,500
Mature Age Wage Subsidy
All AQF levels
Paid to employers of Mature Aged Workers (aged 45 or over) $750 nil $750
Australian School-based
Apprenticeships (ASbA)
All AQF levels
Paid to employers $750 nil $750
(as retention payment)
Further special and additional incentives and personal benefits
Amount Paid at
Assistance for Australian
Apprentices with Disability
Paid to the employer $104.30 Per week – Wage Support7
Paid to Registered Training Organisation. Paid for off-the-job tutorial, Mentor and Interpreter Assistance $38.50 Per hour (up to $5,500 per year)
Living Away From
Home Allowance
Paid to the Australian
Apprentice
$77.17 Per week 1st year rate
$38.59 Per week 2nd year rate
$25.00 Per week 3rd year rate
Special and additional incentives where the Australian Apprentice is undertaking
a Certificate III or IV level qualification leading to an occupation listed on the NSNL
3
Amount Paid at
Support for
Adult Australian Apprentices
(aged 25 or over)
Paid to the employer $4,000 One-off payment payable at 12 months.
Rural and Regional
Skills Shortage
Paid to the employer $1,000 Paid at commencement
(waiting periods apply)
Other support for the Australian Apprentice
Amount Paid at

Trade Support Loans

(subject to approved application)

Paid to the Australian Apprentice

undertaking Cert III or IV qualification
that leads to an occupation listed on
the Trade Support Loans Priority List

or

Cert II–IV agricultural qualification

or

Cert II–IV horticulture qualification
in rural or regional Australia.

Up to $20,000

(lifetime limit)

Paid monthly in arrears over the term
of the Australian Apprenticeship

KEY

1 Nominated equity groups

  • Indigenous Australians
  • Australian Apprentices with a disability
  • Australian School-based Apprentices
  • Mature aged Australian Apprentices (45+)
  • Australian Apprentices working in a rural or remote area
  • Job seekers with severe barriers to employment
    (jobactive Stream C clients).

2 Eligible occupations are determined subject to meeting Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme (AAIP) Guidelines.

3 NSNL is an occupation on the National Skills Needs List.

4 AS-bA is an Australian School-based Apprenticeship.

5 Where the Australian Apprentice does not meet the part-time
eligibility criteria listed in the other completion incentive rates.

6 Available to primary producers who hold a current Exceptional  Circumstances Certificate.

7 Part-time paid at a proportion of the full-time rate.

Employers and Australian Apprentices entering into a Training Contract may be eligible for a range of Australian Government employer incentives and personal benefits. Payments available are payable in respect of an Australian Apprentice whose employment and training arrangements are formally approved by the State Training Authority and the criteria for the payment is met.
Criteria apply for all incentives. Information current as at 1 July 2015.
*Conditions apply. This is a guide only and subject to change without notice.

State Government assistance (click to expand)

EMPLOYER BENEFIT DETAILS
Payroll Tax exemptions To find which wages are exempt from ACT
payroll tax visit
www.revenue.act.gov.au/duties-and-taxes/payroll-tax/exempt-wages-and-payments
APPRENTICE /TRAINEE BENEFIT DETAILS
Travel and accommodation
allowance assistance
Some Australian Apprenticeships qualifications
are not delivered by any ACT Registered
Training Organisation (RTO) and Australian
Apprentices must travel interstate to undertake
their off-the-job training. This is usually delivered
in blocks of time rather than the usual one day
per week and is called Interstate Training
(Block Release). Eligible Australian Apprentices
are entitled to a contribution towards the cost
of travel and accommodation to assist them to
attend off-the-job training interstate. For more
information visit www.det.act.gov.au/training/individuals/
apprenticeships_and_traineeships
Mentoring support MEGT Apprenticeship Network Providers
are able to provide mentoring support
to eligible apprentices. Contact your
local Consultant for more information.
 EMPLOYER BENEFIT  DETAILS
Exemption from Workers Compensation Insurance premiums – Apprentices Employers may receive exemptions from workers compensation premiums for their apprentices through the Apprentice Incentive Scheme. This
exemption is not available to employers of trainees.
Visit www.workcover.nsw.gov.au for more information.
Continuing Apprentices Placement Service (CAPS ) Apprentices and trainees in skills shortages occupations and affected by economic downturn may register their details for a free job matching service. They may also be entitled to financial assistance up to a maximum of $2,500 to relocate to or from a regional area to continue their apprenticeship or traineeship. Visit www.training.nsw.gov.au and www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au.
 Payroll tax rebates The Office of State Revenue administers an
offset rebate scheme for approved apprentices
and new entrant trainees. Rebates are provided
by allowing the amount of the rebate to be offset
against monthly payroll tax payments.
Visit www.osr.nsw.gov.au for more information
 APPRENTICE /TRAINEE BENEFIT  DETAILS
 Travel concessions Eligible first, second and third year apprentices
and new entrant trainees may be entitled to a
Transport Concession Card. More information is
available at www.training.nsw.gov.au
Rebate on car registration for apprentices First and second year apprentices may be elibigle
to receive a $100 rebate on their car registration.
Visit www.rta.nsw.gov.au
Continuing apprentice placement service Apprentices and trainees in skills shortages
occupations and affected by economic downturn
may register their details for a free job matching
service. Visit www.training.nsw.gov.au and
www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au
The Way Ahead Program for Aboriginal People The Way Ahead for Aboriginal People mentoring
program is a free service for Aboriginal apprentices and trainees who need additional support in the
workplace. Visit www.training.nsw.gov.au
for more information.
Travel and accommodation assistance Apprentices and new entrant trainees may be
eligible for travel and accommodation assistance
if they need to travel more than 120 kms round
trip to attend day or block release with their
registered training organisation. More information
is available at
www.training.nsw.gov.au
Smart and Skilled program From 1 January 2015 eligible students will be entitled to subsidised training in priority skill areas up to and including Certificate III with approved training providers. More information about Smart and Skilled is available at: www.training.nsw.gov.au/vet/skills_reform/index.html.
Regional scholarship – NSW Country Apprentice Scholarships A Scholarship is available in NSW to provide financial assistance to eligible country NSW apprentices to support their apprenticeship training.  At least 10 Scholarships are awarded each year.  At least two of these are awarded to apprentices of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background.
$5,000 for each year the apprentice is completing training to a maximum of $15,000.
Eligibility includes apprentices who are:
  • in the 1st year of an approved apprenticeship
  • resident in country NSW for the term of their apprenticeship
  • whose apprenticeship is registered in NSW under the Apprenticeship & Traineeship Act 2001
  • preferably working in a skill shortage category in NSW and or the apprentice’s local area.

Nominations close 30th April each calendar year. Contact your local MEGT Apprenticeship Network Provider for more information.Mentoring supportMEGT Apprenticeship Network Providers
are able to provide mentoring support
to eligible apprentices. Contact your
local Consultant for more information.

EMPLOYER BENEFIT DETAILS
Payroll Tax exemptions The Office of State Revenue offers an incentive rebate to encourage employers to keep or increase their employment of apprentice and trainees. Wages paid to apprentices and new entrant trainees are generally exempt from payroll tax. Visit www.osr.qld.gov.au for more information.
Queensland Apprenticeship Pledge Eligible employers can receive an incentive of up to $6,000 for each additional apprentice pledged, employed and retained. Paid in two instalments:
$4,000 paid in October 2015 and
$2,000 paid in October 2016.
Qualifying period 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015.
Read full details here.
School to Trade Pathway Incentive Under the School to Trade Pathway incentive, private and public sector employers may be eligible for a $5,000 bonus payment if they commence a school-based apprentice (not a trainee), on or after 1 July 2013, which is then converted to a full time arrangement. For more information visit www.training.qld.gov.au.
COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS
Skilling Queenslanders for Work Initiative

Community organisations with not-for-profit objectives, in partnership with Registered Training Organisations with Pre-Qualified Provider (PQS) status, will be able to apply for funding to start projects in local communities across Queensland. Local councils and school Parents and Citizens’ associations will be able to apply for some programs under the initiative. There will be two contestable funding rounds held each financial year. The first funding round will open on 1 May and close on 19 June 2015, with implementation of the program commencing from August 2015.

Eligible – people who are under-utilised or under-employed, as well as building the skills of young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability, mature-aged job seekers and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Read more here.

APPRENTICE /TRAINEE BENEFIT DETAILS
Travel and accommodation
assistance
Apprentices and trainees (not including school-
based) may be eligible for travel and
accommodation assistance where they are
required to travel at least 100 kms (return trip)
to attend training at the closest RTO to their
residence. For more information visit
www.apprenticeshipsinfo.qld.gov.au
Registered Trade Skills Pathway Construction Pilot Program

The program is aimed at assisting non-qualified workers in a number of construction trades to build on their existing skills, knowledge and experience to gain a trade qualification. It enables individuals over the age of 21 to undertake training and a work-based trade skills pathway that best suits their particular situation.

The pilot program is for Queensland labourers and assistants currently working in bricklaying, carpentry, painting, plastering or tiling trades.

For more information visit: www.training.qld.gov.au

Fee-free training for Year 12 graduates.

Year 12 graduates can access fee-free training for Certificate III apprenticeships or traineeships in high priority areas from January 2014 under the Real Opportunities Action Plan.

Follow this link for more information: http://www.training.qld.gov.au/
individuals/subsidised-training-incentives
/fee-free/index.html

Mentoring support MEGT Apprenticeship Network Providers
are able to provide mentoring support
to eligible apprentices. Contact your
local Consultant for more information.
EMPLOYER BENEFIT DETAILS
WorkCover exemption Employers may be entitled to a WorkCover remuneration exemption for apprentices and/or trainees whom they employ. Arrangements for the exemption were recently amended so that:
Trainees who commenced an approved training contract before 23 May 2013 will continue to be exempt during their existing training contract.
Trainees who commenced after 30 June 2013 will not be exempt unless they are eligible trainees of a registered South Australian Group Training Organisation.
There are no changes for apprentices, who will continue to be exempt. Visit http://www.workcover.com/employer/premium/premium-information/list/apprentice-and-trainee-remuneration-exemption for more information.
Critical Skills Investment Program The Program aims to increase the number of skilled workers in South Australia by providing employers of apprentices and trainees with a payment of up to $4,000 for each apprenticeship and traineeship completion in a qualification that is of strategic importance to the State. For more information visit http://www.skills.sa.gov.au/apprenticeships-traineeships/employing-an-apprentice-or-trainee/incentives-for-employers.
APPRENTICE /TRAINEE BENEFIT DETAILS
Accommodation and Travel Allowance Accommodation and travel allowance
may be available to apprentices and trainees
who reside in a nonmetropolitan area if they must travel a round trip in excess of 150 kms to the venue of the closest RTO able to deliver the training.
More information is available at
www.training.sa.gov.au
Mentoring support MEGT Apprenticeship Network Providers
are able to provide mentoring support
to eligible apprentices. Contact your
local Consultant for more information.
EMPLOYER BENEFIT DETAILS
Employment Incentive Scheme Payroll Tax Rebate (EISPR4)

EISPR4 provides payroll tax relief for employers to help create additional employment in Tasmania. Rebates for eligible positions will be available for wages paid to additional employees between1 July 2014 and 30 June 2016. Positions can be full-time or part-time, provided they are maintained from the creation date until 30 June 2016. These include apprentice and trainee positions.

Visit www.sro.tas.gov.au for further information.

APPRENTICE /TRAINEE BENEFIT DETAILS
Accommodation and Travelling Allowances Travel and accommodation allowances
are payable to apprentices and trainees
who are required to travel either within
Tasmania or interstate to attend
structured training.
More information is available at
www.skills.tas.gov.au/apprenticeshipstraineeships/
incentives/allowances
Mentoring support MEGT Apprenticeship Network Providers
are able to provide mentoring support
to eligible apprentices. Contact your
local Consultant for more information.

The information above is valid as at 22 October 2014.

EMPLOYER BENEFIT DETAILS
WorkCover exemption Some apprentice/trainee remuneration is exempt from WorkCover Insurance. Further details are available at http://www.vwa.vic.gov.au/insurance-and-premiums/contractors-and-workers/apprentices-and-trainees.
APPRENTICE /TRAINEE BENEFIT DETAILS
Victorian Training Guarantee Generally, you are eligible for a government-subsidised training place if you are an Australian citizen, an Australian Permanent Resident (holder of a permanent visa), a New Zealand citizen and are any of the following: *under 20 years of age *seeking to enrol in a Foundation Skills List course (and do not hold a Diploma or above qualification or are receiving core skills training in other sectors)*seeking to enrol in VCE or VCAL *seeking to enrol in an apprenticeship*20 years and older and ‘upskilling’ by seeking to enrol in a course at a higher level than your existing qualification. If you are enrolled at a school, you will not be able to receive a government-subsidised training place for a course through the Victorian Training Guarantee, unless you are undertaking the course as part of a School-Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship. The Government supports schools in other ways to offer vocational training to their students, so you should discuss all your options with your school. For more information visit http://www.education.vic.gov.au/training
/learners/vet/pages/funding.aspx
Mentoring support MEGT Apprenticeship Network Providers are able to provide mentoring support  to eligible apprentices. Contact your local Consultant for more information.
EMPLOYER BENEFIT DETAILS
Payroll Tax exemptions Find full details on
www.finance.wa.gov.au
Construction Training Fund The Construction Training Fund supports employers to train apprentices in a range of construction trades in WA.
If you employ an apprentice through direct indenture or a group training scheme, the Construction Training Fund can provide grants of up to $21,000 to help reduce the cost of training.
The Construction Training Fund Direct Indenture Program supports businesses and/or subcontractors who are the employers of an apprentice for the duration of a training contract registered with the Department of Training and Workforce Development. Further information is available at: https://bcitf.org/funding-support/apprenticeships.
APPRENTICE /TRAINEE BENEFIT DETAILS
Mentoring support MEGT Apprenticeship Network Providers
are able to provide mentoring support
to eligible apprentices. Contact your
local Consultant for more information.
Travel and Accommodation Allowance Apprentices and trainees undertaking
training funded by the Department of Training and Workforce Development may be eligible
to access travel and/or accommodation
allowances. There is a minimum round
trip distance which must be travelled
to claim assistance. Find full details on http://www.dtwd.wa.gov.au/
employeesandstudents/apprenticentre
/existingapprentices/allowancesandincentives
/Pages/default.aspx

Conditions

Information current as at May  2015.


MEGT Australia

Australian Apprenticeships Centres are now Australian Apprenticeship Support Network locations.

MEGT (Australia) Ltd, trading as MEGT, is an Apprenticeship Network Provider contracted by the Australian Government as represented by the Department of Education and Training to provide Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) services to employers and Australian Apprentices. MEGT is one of eleven Apprenticeship Network Providers throughout Australia. This website does not represent the Australian Government. If you wish to access information about Australian Apprenticeships from the Australian Government, please visit http://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au.

Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme Guidelines and associated appendices may be viewed on the Department of Education and Training website.

Australian Apprenticeship Network Providers are an Australian Government funded initiative.

Need help? Call us at 13 MEGT (6348) or email us at aasninfo@megt.com.au

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